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Melvin Lavar Dodge
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1916
Graham County
Arizona, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 2004
Tyler County
Texas, USA

Melvin Lavar Doge, 87, of Warren, Texas, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2004, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at 3:00 p.m. in the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fred under the direction of Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville, Texas.

Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Apache, under the direction of Crews Funeral Home.

Melvin was born November 16, 1916 to David and Sarah Dodge in Central, Arizona. His early education was in Pina and Stafford, Arizona. He later graduated from Hemphill College as a diesel engineer in Beckley, California. He served in the Navy in WWII as a submarine sailor. Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, and he was sworn in on December 10. He served the whole four years. He was aboard one of the submarines that scouted the Japanese coast in preparation for dropping the atomic bomb. After the war was over he fulfilled a lifelong dream and learned to fly. He was a fixed wing and helicopter pilot too. He first went to Liberia West Africa in his flying career as a bush pilot, but later started flying for oil exploration companies and flew to Libya, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Lebanon. He went to Liberia with 600 flying hours and came home with 14,000.

He had no children of his own, but loved everyone else's. They all called him Uncle Mel. He took them fishing and tried to teach them to be good American citizens. He loved to fix things, and after his retirement he became "Mr. Fix It" for the whole community.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, David and Sarah Ferguson Dodge, and his brother Homan, and his sister Wanda.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Alberta, whom he married May 15, 1941; two brothers, two sisters-in-law, two sisters, all of Oregon, and a host of nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 105 N. Pecan, Woodville, Texas 75979.
Family links: 
  David Dodge (1891 - 1986)
  Sarah Ann Ferguson Dodge (1892 - 1983)
  Alberta Louise Love Dodge (1911 - 2006)*
  Melvin Lavar Dodge (1916 - 2004)
  Wanda Dodge (1918 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
Caddo County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: Genealogy Lover
Originally Created by: Cokeman2
Record added: Nov 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62125068
Melvin Lavar Dodge
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Melvin Lavar Dodge
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Husband to my 1st step-cousin 1x removed
- Genealogy Lover
 Added: Sep. 11, 2014
Thank you for your service during WWII.
- Mairbair57
 Added: Jun. 1, 2014

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